THE SHANNON AIRPORT VIGIL 13/10/13 Connolly Media-Group http://vimeo.com/77093252 Shannon Watch
On the 13th Oct 2013 the yearly trip to Shannon airport was held by PANA to demonstrate against the use of the airport as a hub for American troops and equipment since 2001.
Since 2001 the Peace & Neutrality Alliance in Ireland has campaigned against the use of Shannon Airport by US troops during war in accordance with international law as stated in the Hague Convention of 1907.
Support the Irish peace movement’s campaign to terminate the use of Shannon Airport by US troops on their way to and from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Peace & Neutrality Alliance was established to advocate an independent Irish foreign policy, maintain Irish neutrality and promote a transformed United Nations as the organisation through which Ireland should pursue its security concerns.
It is open to all groups and individuals that accept our objectives.
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Since 1996 PANA has campaigned against the integration of Ireland into the US/EU/NATO military structures,
and in particular, the use of Shannon Airport by the US military on their way to and from their wars in Afghanistan,
Iraq and Pakistan.
In 2009 Ed Horgan, International Secretary of PANA was granted a 10 year visa to visit the USA. In January 2010 it was revoked after Ed had received an invitation to speak at a conference in Duke University, North Carolina on torture and extradition. After intensive lobbying Ed was granted a 3 month visa to attend the conference. This was a victory for the Irish and US peace movements. It was a defeat of those in favour of war and who seek to destroy free speech.
(Powerpoint presentation of Ed's address to the conference).
Part of that campaign is to for the first time actively seek to increase our individual membership. Please download
this membership form, print out a few and distribute to your friends. These horrific wars will continue and the use
of Shannon Airport in them will continue forever unless there are people willing to join PANA and/or other peace
groups in large enough numbers to end them. Its up to you.
The Minister for Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter declared his intention to carry out a review of Irish Defence Policy and asked for submissions. PANA published its submission (see attached) and was asked to discuss it with the Dept. of Defence Review Committee.
Also attached is the Sinn Fein (an affiliate of PANA) Defence Review Submission.
Since Mr. Alan Shatter is on record (see NATO Review interview) as saying that Irish neutrality is irrelevant, despite the fact that the RecC poll commissioned by PANA showed that 78% of the Irish people support neutrality, there can be little
doubt that submissions supporting neutrality will be ignored in the White Paper when published in 2014. The tide of history however, is with those of us who support Irish Independence, Democracy and Neutrality. Those who seek to restore imperialism as a permanent ideology, like Mr. Shatter, such as the Prime Minister of GB recently discovered, no longer can do so easily, despite the support of the corporate media. The dustbins of history awaits them.
The EU Parlament recently (12/9/2013) approved a Report entitled: "EU Structures: State of Play and Future Prospects"
which called for a fully fledged EU Military Headquarters, stronger EU Battle Groups, more financial expenditure
on military equipment and closer relations with the NATO, a nuclear armed military alliance.
How the MEP's voted (including Irish MEP's) can be seen on: www.votewatch.eu
On July 1 for a six month period over 150 Irish soldiers are taking part in a 3,000 strong German led EU Battlegroup that can be sent anywhere in the world
including Syria or Iran to take part in a war if the EU Council of Ministers decide to do so.
The PANA discussion document "The Battle Groups of the European Empire" provides an analysis of how this happened and how the people of the different nations living in the emerging Empire need to work together to oppose it.
Irish CND policy paper now available
Irish CND's new policy paper on Irish financing of companies involved in the nuclear weapons industry, Ireland, Irish finance and the Nuclear Weapons Industry, was launched to mark UN International Day of Peace on September 21, and has been widely welcomed internationally by other organisations campaigning for the abolition of nuclear weapons. The report calls for changes in legislation to prohibit investment by Irish state bodies (such as the National Pensions Reserve Fund) in companies involved in the nuclear weapons industry. In tandem with this, Eoghan Murphy TD has introduced a Private Members Bill which would give effect to several of the reports key recommendations, The Nuclear Weapons (Prohibition of Investments) Bill 2012. For more information, see http://irishcnd.org/node/81.
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The growing links between NATO and the EU were a key feature of the NATO conference in Chicago.
One of the best sites based in the USA is STOP NATO run by Rick Rozoff.
PANA strongly recommends the site.